Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

The Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC) and Aging and Disability Services Division provide for a variety of Assistive Technology (AT) services to support people to live more independently and within their communities.  Supported through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) grants under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended (AT Act).

Under the AT Act the NATC is required to provide both State Level Activities and State Leadership Activities.  The NATC strives to support all the State Level Activities under the AT Act.  It is our intent that by contacting the NATC and community partners you will be able be able to make more informed decisions on the AT that you need as well as the resources and options available to you to obtain the AT. 

Program Activities

State Level Activities:

  • State finance systems
    • Financial lending
    • Last resort, state funded AT purchasing.
  • Device reutilization
  • Device demonstration programs
  • Device loan programs

State Leadership Activities:

  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Training and Technical Assistance specific to Transition.
  • Public awareness
  • Information and Assistance

 

State Financing Activities

Nevada has two programs that fall under State Financing Activities.  First, Nevada offers a statewide financial loan program through the CARE Loan Fund Program which is the states alternative finance program.  CARE Loan exists as a resource for people with disabilities to purchase AT. The loan program is coordination between CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada and one banking institution. The loans are offered at lower interest rates and often for more years than a typical bank loan, thus making the loans more affordable. CARE Chest is also capable of making micro loans directly for lower cost AT.  Second, the Assistive Technology for Independent Living program (AT/IL).  The program provides supports for development of Independent Living goals and with state funding resources the program can provide AT to support a person’s choice to live in a community setting. AT/IL assists with defining your goals and identifying the AT options and resources.  Where resources do not exist resources can be used to obtain the appropriate durable medical equipment, home, and vehicle modifications needed in support of community living and where services are not available through other funding sources such as personal resources, Medicaid/Medicare, insurance, Vocational Rehabilitation or school districts.

CARE Loan Fund Program (Statewide)

Eunice Hylin

CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada:

7910 N Virginia St.

Reno, NV 89506

Phone: (775) 829-2273

Fax: (775) 829-8745

Email:  ehylin@carechest.com

https://www.facebook.com/carechest

http://carechest.org/site/programs-2/

 

Assistive Technology for Independent Living Programs (Statewide):

Northern Nevada; CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada: 

Program Manager Bob Donnelly

7910 N Virginia St.

Reno, NV 89506

bdonnelly@carechest.com

Phone: (775) 829-2273 ext. 108

Fax: (775) 829-8745

 

Southern Nevada; Capability Health and Human Services:

Program Manager Sabra McWhirter

7281 W. Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89117

Main Office: (702) 677-3560

Fax: (702) 870-7616

Email:  il@capabilityhealth.org

 

Reutilization: Refurbish, Repair and Reuse of Assistive Technology

Device refurbish/repair and reassignment and/or open-ended device loan activities are those in which devices are accepted (usually by donation) into an inventory are sanitized and refurbished as needed, and then reassigned to a new owner (by sale or give away) or placed with a new user via open-ended loan.  Repair activities are those in which devices are repaired for an individual (without the ownership of the device changing hands) which prevent the owner from needing to purchase a device. 

Device exchange activities are those in which devices are listed in a “want ad” type posting, and consumers can contact and arrange to obtain the device (either by purchasing it or obtaining it for free) from the current owner.  Exchange programs do not involve warehousing inventory and do not include repair, sanitation or refurbishing of used devices.  In some cases the Statewide AT Program acts as an intermediary during the exchange, in other cases the Statewide AT Program is not involved in the transaction.

NATC’s community partner CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada has maintained a robust equipment-reuse program for nearly 30 years.  Gently used devices are inspected, perhaps minor repairs, and sanitized before being offered for reuse. The reuse programs provide access to wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers, canes and much more.  Equipment is sanitized using the best of equipment and care.  What is available is only dependent on what has been donated and is capable of being used by someone else.  CARE Chest also provides many other services in northern Nevada.   Although not currently an official NATC partner we are hoping to help support the efforts of The Foundation Assisting Seniors in southern Nevada in the near future.  To contact The Foundation Assisting Seniors call 725-244-4200 or go to http://foundationassistingseniors.org/.  

CARE Chest Medical Equipment Program

http://carechest.org/site/programs-2/

7910 N Virginia St.

Reno, NV 89506

Phone: (775) 829-2273

Fax: (775) 829-8745

https://www.facebook.com/carechest

Assistive Technology Device Demonstrations

Device demonstrations compare the features and benefits of a particular AT device or category of devices for an individual or small group of individuals.  The purpose of a device demonstration is to enable an individual to make an informed choice.   Whenever possible, the participant should be shown a variety of devices.  Device demonstrations should not be confused with training activities at which devices are demonstrated.  Training activities are instructional events designed to increase knowledge, skills, and competencies, generally for larger audiences.  Device demonstrations also should not be confused with public awareness activities at which devices are demonstrated.  The key difference is that device demonstrations are intended to enable an individual to make an informed choice rather than merely making him or her aware of a variety of AT.

NATC community partner is the Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center (NATRC).  The NATRC is based at the University of Nevada Reno’s Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED).  The NATRC provides statewide services as part of the NATC.  Device demonstrations provider the opportunity for individuals or groups to compare the features and benefits of AT device(s), hands-on, with knowledgeable AT specialists. Individuals with disabilities, family members and service providers can visit the site or plan for off-site demonstrations. People that participated in the AT/IL program (under state financing activities) are engaged with demonstrations whenever it is possible to do so. 

Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center
Program Contact:  775-682-9070

Toll Free (in Nevada only):  800-216-7988

natrc@unr.edu

https://www.unr.edu/nced/projects/nced_natrc

 

Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities 

University of Nevada Reno 

1664 N. Virginia Street, Mail Stop 285

Reno, Nevada 89557

Scott Youngs, Project Manager

775-682-9056

syoungs@unr.edu

 

Assistive Technology Device Loans

The purpose of a device loan may be to assist in decision making, to serve as a loaner while the consumer is waiting for device repair or funding, to provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event, or for training self-education or other personnel development activities.  The AT is loaned at no charge and the length of short-term device loans is 2 weeks although multiple loans can be made if the device is not needed for another person that is waiting. 

NATC community partner is the Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center (NATRC).  The NATRC is based at the University of Nevada Reno’s Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED).  The NATRC provides statewide services as part of the NATC.  The NATC offers short-term device loans statewide.  The NATC has a wide variety of AT available for low tech such as adaptive eating utensils to high tech communication and environmental controls.    

Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center

Program Contact:  775-682-9070

Toll Free (in Nevada only):  800-216-7988

natrc@unr.edu

https://www.unr.edu/nced/projects/nced_natrc

 

Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities 

University of Nevada Reno 

1664 N. Virginia Street, Mail Stop 285

Reno, Nevada 89557

Scott Youngs, Project Manager

775-682-9056

syoungs@unr.edu

State Leadership Activities

Training activities are instructional events, usually planned in advance for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT.  Such events can be delivered to large or small groups, in-person, or via telecommunications or other distance education mechanisms. Examples of training include classes, workshops, and presentations that have a goal of increasing skills, knowledge, and competency, as opposed to training intended only to increase general awareness of AT.

Technical Assistance (TA) is defined as direct problem-solving service provided by Statewide AT Program staff to assist programs and agencies in improving their services, management, policies and/or outcomes.  TA may be provided in person, by electronic media such as telephone, video or e-mail and by other means.  The following are examples of technical assistance:  needs assessment, program planning or development, curriculum or materials development, administrative or management consultation, program evaluation and site reviews of external organizations, and policy development.

Public awareness activities are designed to reach large numbers of people, including activities such as public service announcements, radio talk shows and news reports, newspaper stories and columns, newsletters, brochures, public forums and social media.

Information and assistance (I&A) activities are those in which the AT program responds to requests for information and/or puts individuals in contact with other agencies, organizations, or companies that can provide them with needed information on AT products, devices, services, and/or funding sources, or providing intensive assistance to individuals about AT products, devices, services, and/or funding sources.  This information may be provided in person, over the telephone, via email, or by some other means.

NATC community partner is the Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center (NATRC).  The NATRC is based at the University of Nevada Reno’s Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED).  The NATRC is primary provider of State Leadership Activities statewide.  Although all NATC community partners provide information and assistance and public awareness for the services available.  NATC services are coordinated to increase individual awareness of and access to Assistive Technology in the State of Nevada.  It is our intent that by contacting the NATC and community partners you will be able be able to make more informed decisions on the AT that you need as well as the resources and options available to you to obtain the AT. 

Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center

Program Contact:  775-682-9070

Toll Free (in Nevada only):  800-216-7988

natrc@unr.edu

https://www.unr.edu/nced/projects/nced_natrc

 

Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities 

University of Nevada Reno 

1664 N. Virginia Street, Mail Stop 285

Reno, Nevada 89557

Scott Youngs, Project Manager

775-682-9056

syoungs@unr.edu